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Yes.L. Kafka wrote:... Were the best Japanese subs comparable with the Japanese subs?
Is that sub sinkings or naval sinkings?Which navy sunk the most ships?
But designs are to function (or if you prefer mission purpose). Since their mission purposes varried considerable as did their operating conditions it makes design quality a difficult thing to judge. Especially without in objective critieria. As for construction. My impression is that Japanese construction while variable got better as the war approached and most new ships at the start of the war were very well made. On the other hand the priority of the Uboat war for Germany meant that lessons learned tended to get incorporated in new construction fairly quickly and the numbers of boats of the main classes consturcted meant that you had very experianced builders.L. Kafka wrote:....
I was thinking of quality of design and construction between the subs of Japan and German, not mission purpose.
Hi LWD, not intending to argue with this point as the IJN and IJA submarine forces are not my strong points--neither is submarine design in general for that matter--but it occurred to me that the IJN, at least, got better service from their older submarines during the war.My impression is that Japanese construction while variable got better as the war approached and most new ships at the start of the war were very well made.